Top Christmas markets in Hertfordshire
PUBLISHED: 10:03 04 October 2017
Christmas isn’t complete without a trip to a festive fair. From German-style food stalls to vintage fetes, Hertfordshire’s Christmas markets have it all
Saturday 25th November to Saturday 23rd December
Nearly 50 wooden chalets will be lined up in the historical cathedral quarter in St Albans this year for the fifth annual Christmas market. Expect stalls overflowing with gifts, clothes, decorations and plenty of festive food. Every hour during the market’s opening hours, carol singers will augment the yuletide atmosphere with Christmassy songs.
Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th November
There’s a lot of seasonal fun to be had at the Hatfield House Frost Fair, coming back to the stately home for another year. Over 200 stands will feature gifts, crafts, tempting food and drink – to be enjoyed with a cup of mulled wine in hand. Festive entertainment will come in the form of choirs, dancing and a visit by Father Christmas himself. You can even try your hand making Christmas decorations with the drop in workshops. Book tickets online.
Saturday 26th November
The Harpenden Farmer’s Market will be filled with festive delights for the November instalment, coinciding with the Christmas Carnival. Expect the carnival procession, stalls piled with gifts, food and crafts, fairground rides and much more. The town’s lights will be turned on by the mayor at 5pm.
Sunday 3rd December
Last year was the biggest so far for the Redbourn Christmas Market, with over 100 sellers offering gifts, toys, jewellery, books, food and drink and everything in between. There will also be lots of entertainment including choirs singing carols and the Yule raffle as well as tempting food stalls and a very special visit from Father Christmas, whose grotto you can visit on the high street. Keep an eye on the website for a full list of events.
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November
Taking place at the magnificent Knebworth House is the Knebworth Christmas Fair. There will be over 200 stalls in the grounds, marquees and barns of the stately house selling a plethora of gifts alongside lots of food and drink stalls to keep you energised as you search for that special present. Kids will love the reindeer that will accompany Santa Claus in his grotto. Tickets are £5 and includes a visit to the grotto for kids.
Saturday 2nd December
The streets of this market town will be bustling with festivities again for the Bishop’s Stortford Christmas Fayre. There will be Christmas songs performed by local bands and choirs as a festive backdrop to the fayre. Expect homemade decorations, food hampers and more. You can even pick up your Christmas tree!
Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th November
Taking place at the Hertfordshire Showground in St Albans, the Mistletoe Fair will return for its second innings at this location. Wandering around, you are sure to find gifts, decorations and festive food to fill you with Christmas spirit. This year will feature a marquee with a vintage tea room inside to enjoy tea and cake to refuel before browsing some more.
Friday 24th and Saturday 25th November
Organised and run by the town’s Ladies Circle, the Harpenden Circle Christmas Gift Fair will return to the Public Halls with over 50 stalls to peruse. Local artists and craftspeople will be showcasing a wide range of high quality gifts and products to the sound of carols. The fair will be in aid of two charities: Mind in Mid Herts and West Herts Hospitals Charity.
Friday 24th November
Hertford Christmas Gala is back again and will feature market stalls, a stage of entertainment, live reindeer, rides for the kids, a Santa’s grotto and lots more. The town’s illuminations will also be turned on to coincide with the Gala that is sure to attract lots of eager Christmas shoppers.